Ijams Nature Center Engagement

With engagement season in full swing and brides-to-be busily planning their big day I thought it would be fun to go back and revisit one of my favorite engagement sessions from the past. Simplicity and style go hand in hand in this love filled Knoxville engagement shoot from Southeast's Finest Vendor, 2HodgesPhotography. Enjoy!

Photographer,  2 Hodges Photography, View Southeast's Finest Vendor Directory Listing, Event Venue, Ijams Nature Center.

About Love

We always come into marriage with two identities, two pasts, two sets of values and expectations, but the friendship that sparks between us breeds kindness, generosity, honesty, forgiveness, passion, and safety. The friendship in married life is where two people become one. The friendship is where wedding vows become hopeful and not heavy, beautiful and not grim. The time and space we share is alive with our conversations, our laughter, our darkness, our questioning, our hope, and in this friendship place, we have a million opportunities to care and support one another. 
(See previous post for writing in it's entirety.)

Written by: Rachel Browder, Photographer: Cody & Allison Photo, Rentals: Feather + Oak, Stationary: Designs In Paper, Wood Sign: Oak & Elegance, Cake: Nashville Sweets, Dress: Posh Bridal Couture Nashville, Tux: Street Tuxedo, Model: Jessica Crum & Clayton Crum, Hair & Makeup: Brynn Boyd, Planning & Design: Adriel Nutter Events. 

About Love By Rachel Browder

Although I haven't been to a wedding in years, I've attended two this fall. I love fall weddings--Daniel and I were married in late September, fourteen years ago. Our creekside venue and surrounding woods created the perfect backdrop. It rained that morning, and my aunt reminded me of the old superstition that rain on your wedding day is good luck.

Near the guestbook, we'd left a stack of notecards for guests to write their well-wishes and marriage advice. Every few years I find these notes and read through them again. Even though they are the kindest words from those nearest to us, the only piece of advice I remember was from my brother-in-law who told us, "Don't take anyone's advice." He was pointing out that everyone's marriage is different, and that not one thing works for everybody.

With this fall's weddings, I think about what I know of love. I think about the cards of congratulations I have sent, the wishes I have given, and the truths I would tell someone about marriage, if asked. The best descriptions of love and marriage have come to me not through greeting cards or poetry or art, but through my school teachers, and although these aren't your traditional descriptions, I have held their truths as my guide through the years.

Marissa & Nate's Mint Museum Real Wedding

Maybe it is still technically the middle of winter, but around here it feels a little more like spring. Even more so as we prepare imagery for the upcoming Book 2: In Bloom. So, I thought why not share one of my favorite pretty pink weddings from the past!

One promise today: you can't look at this wedding and not be completely in love with, well, everything about it. Maybe it is the gorgeous views and cityscape provided by the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Or perhaps the incredible flowing ruffles of Marissa's Sottero & Midgley gown. It's possibly even the perfect shade of blue. All things combined, Marissa and Nate's wedding has that classic 'it' factor!

Photography: Emma Loo Photography, Venue: Mint Museum UptownMakeup: Makeup by HeatherHair: Noelle, Bride’s Dress:  Sottero & Midgley, Groom’s Attire: New York Bride and GroomFlorals: Charlotte Wedding Flowers, Invitations: Michael’s, Programs: Bisforbrown Etsy ShopDJ: Rave ProductionCaterer: Something ClassicCake: Public.